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The Problems with Schools

This is in response to the article by Yemuna Sunny, “Knowledge and the Politics of Education” (EPW, 27 December 2014). How subjects are taught, how correct the information is and how the students are treated by the school authorities (and by the teachers) are very crucial elements of elementary education. The most crucial element is the last one, the treatment. Less-privileged children are to be treated with utmost respect. The difficulties faced by Jyotirao Phule and B R Ambedkar are illustrative of this need.

But what they faced is not the scenario today. My unexpected visits to schools show that students are treated well. Starting with my visit to my own school (Government Zilla Parishad Primary School at Nagpur, where I studied from 1951 to 1958) on 3 July 2014, I have visited many other schools. These are the government zilla parishad primary girls’ school at Nagpur (3 July), the government zilla parishad primary schools at Mangaon, Balaghat district, Madhya Pradesh (4 July), at Anudhi, Raipur district, Chhattisgarh (5 July), at Ganiyari, Raipur district, Chhattisgarh (7 July), at Kalmeshwar, Nagpur district, Maharashtra (8 July), at Balampur, Bhopal district, Madhya Pradesh (11 July), at Lucknow (12 July), at Malhar, Lucknow district, (14 July), at Badgaon, Allahabad district (16 July), at Ulphal, Patna district, (17 July) and at Lakshmangarh, Sikkar district, Rajasthan (21 July).

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